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This is copied from another post that I repost here since I am told it was quite helpful -- as it provides exercises to build up your sitting stamina.

Sitting on the floor comes easily if you do it a lot like many Indians do.

Get yourself a nice padded cushion like the rectangular or square Zen sitting cushions (like a tiny futon) but only 3-4 inches thick and put blankets on that if you want to soften it further e.g. 
Zafu and Zabuton Meditation Cushion Set
but don't use that round thing - just sit on the mat.

Watch TV sitting on this mat - not on a couch. Even better if you can do this without leaning on anything.

The "easiest" sitting on the floor asana is called Sukhasana = Easy Pose [biggrin]

  • Calms the brain
  • Strengthens the back
  • Stretches the knees and ankles
The standard sitar sitting posture is a slight variation of this pose -- get comfortable sitting on the floor before you get comfortable sitting with a sitar. The one Ingo suggests is good to get the right muscles stretched out.

Here Adriene will walk you through the basics 

Get comfortable with Sukhasana before adding the sitar to the equation. If you add the sitar before you sit it can be waaaaaay more challenging than it needs to be.

There are many who say that playing the sitar or any serious ICM instrument is a form of yoga so it makes sense that Yoga physics are involved. It is important to be at ease if you want to develop a serious practice --remember that many can sit in the sitar position for 3-4 hours straight.

I think Dhivyam does it better in terms of form (knees closer to the floor) but this also shows she has more practice sitting on the floor in general. This is the standard eating position for a lot of people (not the fat rich people) in India.

Start watching TV sitting on the floor without leaning back on anything.

This gruff-voiced lady shows you how Sukhasana evolves to one of the sitar poses - Agnistambhasana. If you can do this for an hour before ever putting a sitar into the mix, you will find it much easier to play the sitar without pain and physical anguish.

Key Point: sit on the floor much more often and AVOID COUCHES. They are not your friends and mess your back strength and posture up.

Here is the final step to get knee and hip flexibility in place. Now you are ready to play the sitar.

And if you want to know how to get your hips more open here are a whole sequence of exercises.

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Great post thank you Sir!

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Hey, thanks a lot for sharing these details here. I also would be buying the fitness clothing and think that the beyond yoga leggings are really fabulous. They have some fantastic designs and colors to choose from. In fact there is a huge sale too on their stuff so I am surely going to save a lot of money too.


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Thanks for the info. I never realized that the most difficult thing about learning to play sitar, was the sitting position. I never could sit cross legged, even as a child. I will try these exercises and see if this beat up 68 year old body will finally stretch. LOL[biggrin]
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